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IDIOMAS the more your self-esteem grows and you will not be left behind. Life is a continuous struggle to overcome obstacles. Forget about ridicule and give it a try! Okay, you may not master the English language and feel frustrated, but if you don’t speak it, you’ll lag behind. Your choice. And finally, some tips to overcome your fear of speaking English: • When you listen to a foreigner speaking your language, don't judge his or her ability. • Don’t stress out while having a conversation because the effort you make is double as you’re “processing” what you hear and, at the same time, “producing” and trying to make the conversation as fluid as possible. • Feeling nervous will only make it worse. • Don’t be a perfectionist as this will greatly discourage you. • Set the pace of the conversation because if you speak slowly and clearly, the person you’re talking to will tend to express himself in the same way. • Don’t try to please everyone as not all the people you talk to will be patient. • Don’t compare yourself to the others and focus more on what you need to improve and how. • Forget about your accent and don’t become obsessed with sounding like a native, this will prevent your speech from sounding natural. • Although it’s easy to say, think in English and avoid translating from your mother tongue into English. • Be positive and picture a near future in which you see yourself mastering English. This will help you to overcome your anxiety. These are some tips although I know that they are easier said than done!!!! MORAL: Don’t let fear define how you speak ¢ VOCABULARY Mother tongue: lengua materna. Appear: aparecer To boast of: presumir de… To fall behind: quedarse atrás. WATCH OUT Play a trick on us: nos juegan una mala pasada. Far exceed us: nos superan con creces. Give it a try: lánzate. You’ll lag behind: te quedarás atrasado/atrás. Easier said than done: es fácil decirlo. RECOMMENDED LINKS Campus Virtual: Rincón Idiomas: https://campus.defensa.gob.es/ course/view.php?id=1455 Manual Expresión Oral para SLP: http://manual-ingles.byethost7.com/ 47


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